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Despite concerns raised by residents of a neighboring condominium development, a county advisory board this week approved zoning changes and variances that would allow Health First to build a new hospital and “wellness village” on Merritt Island.

The unanimous approval  from the Brevard County Planning and Zoning Board follows a similar unanimous vote on April 28 from the Merritt Island Redevelopment Agency. Health First’s proposal now goes to the Brevard County Commission for a potential final vote on May 26.

Health First wants to build a seven-story, 120-bed hospital with an adjoining medical office building and “wellness village” on a 15.05-acre site, across State Road 520 from Merritt Square Mall. The $508 million complex would replace the current six-story, 150-bed Cape Canaveral Hospital off State Road 520 in Cocoa Beach, which would close when the new hospital opens.


Source:  Florida Today

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Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood is ranked among the highest for pediatric orthopedics in the country. Now, construction will double the floors of the current hospital building.

This major construction and expansion project comes on the heels of high demand for pediatric specialty services.

Later this year, construction will be completed for the expansion of more than 300,000 square feet and four floors of added care.

The eighth floor is really the showpiece, where there will be a family lounge, a gym, a business center, a spa-like bathroom, a classroom with a stem lab, a stimulation lab to train their own staff and the Garth Brooks Child Life Zone.


Source:  NBC Miami

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Health First‘s massive plan for a new hospital and “wellness village” off State Road 520 on Merritt Island is starting to get its first formal public airings, as the project seeks regulatory approval.

This month, Health First will seek the support of the Brevard County Planning and Zoning Board and the Brevard County Commission for a series of zoning changes and related waivers that would allow the project to move forward.

Health First hopes to open the new seven-story, 120-bed hospital as early as 2025. It would replace the current six-story, 150-bed Cape Canaveral Hospital on State Road 520 in Cocoa Beach, which would close when the new hospital opens.

The wellness village will consist of the medical office building, child day care center, fitness center, coffee shop, education center, spa, retail, food hall, market/juice bar, event space, amphitheater and information tower. The wellness village also will contain landscaping and pedestrian walkways, as well as emergency, maintenance and event vehicle access.


Source:  Florida Today

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CBRE has secured $21,884,000 in refinancing for The Pines Medical Professional Centre, a 91,956-square-foot medical office complex located at 400 – 700 N. Hiatus Road in Pembroke Pines.

Paul Ahmed and Mackenzie Lampman with CBRE Capital Markets worked on behalf of the borrower, a private investor, to arrange a seven-year, fixed-rate loan from Bank United.

“We continue to see the healthcare industry trend toward outpatient services, which has strengthened the demand for medical office buildings overall. Since purchasing the property in late 2016, the borrower has created significant value by adding high-quality medical tenants. The borrower, a longtime client, was able to refinance out of their existing mortgage and pull cash out to put towards continuing improvements at the property,” said Ahmed.

The Pines Medical Professional Centre consists of four (4) two-story office buildings built between 2000 and 2002. It is 97 percent occupied by a variety of medical providers and services, including physicians, dentists, radiologists, and urologists.

The property is located less than a mile from Memorial Hospital West, which offers a wide range of healthcare services, including one of the busiest adult emergency care departments in Broward County.


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Avison Young’s Florida Capital Markets Group closed the $18 million sale of 50Forty on 7th, a nine-story, ±82,298-square-foot medical and professional office building at 5040 NW 7th Street in Miami’s Airport submarket near the prestigious Waterford office district.

Avison Young Principals David Duckworth; John K. Crotty, CCIM; Michael T. Fay, who is also Managing Director of the firm’s Miami operations; and Vice President Brian C. de la Fé represented the seller, Riverside 1031 LLC. The buyer was Valoro Capital.

“Our client purchased the asset in January 2021 for $14.5 million as a value-add opportunity,” said Duckworth. “They implemented a plan, including leasing up the property to 93.3% occupancy, to take advantage of improved market conditions and achieved 25% asset appreciation within 14 months.”

More than half of the 50Forty building’s tenant roster comprises medical office users, followed by business services and government tenants. It’s location just two minutes from the Miami International Airport, coupled with and onsite parking structure and recent significant renovations, has attracted new tenants. The property has maintained a 95% retention rate over the past three years.

“With the asset near full, the new owner has the opportunity to bring current rents to market,” said Crotty. “Driven by an influx of out-of-state firms, average asking rents in the Miami Airport submarket have climbed to $39 per square foot as of first-quarter 2022, a new record high for the area but competitive when compared to nearby Coral Gables.”

According to Avison Young’s first-quarter 2022 research, Miami’s overall vacancy contracted to 16.5 from 16.9 at the end of 2021. Vacancies are expected to contract further in 2022 as several large new-to-market relocations are still planned for South Florida and some businesses choose to expand to capture rents now that will only continue to grow in the coming months.

“Office buildings are seeing strong investor demand and appreciation right now,” added Duckworth. “Rental rate growth has largely outweighed risks such as rising interest rates, and we have yet to see a slowdown in overall investor demand in South Florida.”

The 50Forty building is well-positioned in a medical district with nearly 150 physicians’ groups within a three-mile radius and seven hospitals within a 25-minute drive, thanks to easy access to Florida’s Turnpike, the Dolphin and Palmetto Expressways, and Interstate 95. The nearby population with a relatively older median age, spends more than $75 million annually on healthcare, suggesting that medical office demand will continue to increase in the coming years.


Source:  CRE-sources


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A Montreal-based firm paid a combined $20.55 million for the Banyan Place assisted living and memory care facilities in both Boca Raton and Lantana.

In the bigger deal, Banyan Realty BR LLC, managed by Kevin Wrenne in Boca Raton, sold the 125-unit assisted living facility at 2950 N.W. Fifth Ave. for $16.44 million. The buyer was Banyan Boca FL Realty LLC, managed by Arie Friedman and Simcha Buff of Montreal-based Comprehensive Care Capital. The price equated to $131,520 a unit. The Boca Raton property totals 82,078 square feet and was built on the 2.86-acre site in 1998.

At the same time, Banyan Realty BR LLC sold all 15 condos at 1021 Ridge Road, which is operated as an assisted living facility, for $4.11 million to Banyan Lantana FL Realty LLC, also managed by executives at Comprehensive Care Capital. The price worked out to $274,000 a unit. The Lantana condo was built in 1998 and is officially called the Anguilla Cay Condominium.


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HCA Florida opened its Wellen Park Medical Office last Wednesday morning.

The facility is at 12169 Mercado Drive, which is next to the Publix in the West Village Shopping Center.

A variety of primary care services should be available immediately, with cardiology planned soon.

This is the first healthcare office in the development and joins a growing number of businesses and restaurants opening in that area.

The location features five exam rooms with offices, a breakroom and workspaces for caregivers.

“With the tremendous growth expected in Wellen Park, we are excited to provide a convenient space where primary care and specialists from the region can come together to offer care to patients.” CEO Steve Young, CEO said in a prepared statement.



Source: Herald Tribune

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Leon Medical Centers could convert a shuttered movie theater in Homestead into a health care facility for seniors.

The city’s Development Review Committee will consider on April 19 the amended master plan for Portofino Plaza at 2250 N.E. Eighth St. The 6.6-acre site has a 49,021-square-foot theater building that was constructed in 2006. It was previously a Flagship Cinemas.

It’s located just off the Southwest 312th Street exit of Florida’s Turnpike.

The property is owned by 2250 NE 8 Street LLC, managed by Michael Shealy, director of real estate operations at Doral-based Leon Medical Centers. The company is one of the largest providers of care for seniors in Miami-Dade County with seven locations and more than 44,000 Medicare recipients.

The project would cost about $16 million and construction should take about a year.

Source: SFBJ



Coldwell Banker Commercial brokered the sale of a medical and professional office property in Vero Beach.

The sales price was $3.6 million.

Andrew Gonzalez and Linda Gonzalez of Coldwell Banker Commercial Paradise represented the undisclosed seller in the transaction.

Built in 1986, the two-story, 40,000-square-foot building is situated on 4.2 acres of land and has onsite parking. Located at 333 17th St., the property is 79.5 miles from the Palm Beach International Airport.


Source:  RE Business

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UF Health is beginning work on a new six-story tower with 124 rooms at its UF North campus, a response to increasing medical needs in Northeast Florida.

Above the main floor, two floors will be dedicated to patients who require acute physical therapy. Two additional patient floors will be used for acute care, and one floor will be used primarily for ancillary services.

UF Health North opened the first phase of the campus in 2015, a medical office building at 15255 Max Leggett Parkway, near Interstate 95 east of River City Marketplace.

The first phase included an emergency room, outpatient surgery suites, imaging and other diagnostic services, and four floors of physicians’ offices. Phase two opened in May 2017 — a 92-bed inpatient tower that consists of five floors, four for patients with all private rooms.

The complex includes a 20-bed unit dedicated to labor and delivery and other women’s services, a 24-bed floor dedicated to intensive care, two 24-bed floors dedicated to general medical inpatients and one floor for administrative services, a chapel, a cafeteria and more.

The health system held a ceremonial groundbreaking Thursday. Construction will begin this month with a target opening date of early 2024.

“UF Health North has become an integral part of this community since it opened seven years ago, and this expansion is another example of our dedication to the health and well-being of the people who live and work in this area,” CEO Russ Armistead said in a news release.



Source:  WJCT